Competition in Vancouver’s lucrative real estate market doesn’t only take place between buyers ferociously bidding on a home or sellers biding their time looking to sell at the highest price. Real estate agents also compete fiercely against one another to rank among the top of the top, and to see who comes away with the biggest slice of the real estate pie.
Data scientists at ROOMVU combed through MLS (Multiple Listing Service) information to see which realtors have started to pull away from the pack so far through the first six months of 2020. Despite economic challenges posed by governmental responses to the Covid-19 pandemic, several prolific real estate agents have managed to weather the storm.
Based on MLS data, there were more than nine thousand realtors actively working either as a buyer or seller agent in the Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Northern BC regions throughout the first six months of 2020.
A parallel study conducted by ROOMVU found that 13 thousand agents were active in 2019, with active agents totalling in excess of 13 thousand in 2018—a number that was higher yet in 2017. This reduction in the number of active agents began before the Covid-19 pandemic, but like many other trends, the novel coronavirus outbreak has accelerated the reduction.
ROOMVU’s analysis revealed that each realtor listed around four properties on average. Of course, the agents who figure at the top of the list in terms of activity far outpace the average. The top 0.5 per cent of agents in Vancouver accounted for 4 per cent of all sold properties in 2020. So while the average realtor was involved in around four deals, those at the very top were involved in upwards of 34 on average, despite slower market activity as a result of Covid-related lockdown measures that impacted the second-half of March, and the entire months of April, May and June.
Who are these agents who have managed to overcome economic adversity and come out on top? ROOMVU listed the top 50 agents in the Vancouver area from January to June 2020 based on sold price to find out. Each of the top 50 has sold more than $34 million worth of property so far this year. The top 11 realtors sold upwards of $52 million per agent, while the top 29 sold more than $41 million.
|1||Rob Zwick PREC*||Stilhavn Real Estate Services|
|2||Maggi Thornhill PREC*||Engel & Volkers Whistler|
|3||Pete Shpak PREC*||Oakwyn Realty Ltd.|
|4||Sarah Toop – PREC*||Century 21 Creekside Realty|
|5||Paul Eviston PREC*||RE/MAX Select Properties|
|6||Lee Bryant PREC*||Oakwyn Realty Ltd.|
|7||Clair Rockel PREC*||Macdonald Realty|
|8||Ken Cui PREC*||Nu Stream Realty Inc.|
|9||Layla Yang PREC*||Dracco Pacific Realty|
|10||Peter Saito PREC*||Sutton Group-West Coast Realty|
|11||Vivian Li PREC*||Sutton Group-West Coast Realty|
|12||Salina Kai PREC*||Rennie & Associates Realty Ltd.|
|13||Patrick Weeks PREC*||RE/MAX Select Properties|
|14||Dave Robles – PREC||RE/MAX Treeland Realty|
|15||John Ryan PREC*||Whistler Real Estate Company Limited|
|16||Danny Gerbrandt PREC*||Royal LePage – Brookside Realty|
|17||Jeremy Kalenuik – PREC||Macdonald Realty (Surrey/152)|
|18||Michael Xu PREC*||Sutton Group-West Coast Realty|
|19||Tom Gradecak||WESTSIDE Tom Gradecak Realty|
|20||Karley Rice PREC*||Macdonald Realty|
|21||Derek Grech||Angell, Hasman & Associates Realty Ltd.|
|22||Elaine Wu PREC*||LeHomes Realty Premier|
|23||Claudio Sartore||Royal LePage – Brookside Realty|
|24||Navid Behroyan PREC*||Behroyan & Associates Real Estate Services|
|25||Henry Wu PREC*||LeHomes Realty Premier|
|26||Tracy Niu PREC*||Nu Stream Realty Inc.|
|27||Leo Ronse||Royal LePage – Wolstencroft|
|28||Tracy Hu PREC*||LeHomes Realty|
|29||Eric Christiansen||Angell, Hasman & Associates (Eric Christiansen) Realty Ltd.|
|30||Goldy Kang – PREC||Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Surrey/120)|
|31||Austin Kay||RE/MAX Austin Kay Realty|
|32||Kelsie Struch PREC*||VPG Realty Inc.|
|33||Gary Geng PREC*||LeHomes Realty|
|34||Mike Marfori – PREC||RE/MAX 2000 Realty|
|35||Jason Soprovich||Royal LePage Sussex – Jason Soprovich|
|36||Shannon Vrlak PREC*||WESTSIDE Tom Gradecak Realty|
|37||Tracey Bosch – PREC||Royal LePage – Wolstencroft|
|38||Fraser Elliott PREC*||Faith Wilson Group|
|39||Faith Wilson||Faith Wilson Group|
|40||Haneef Virani PREC*||Dexter Realty|
|41||Carole Lieberman PREC*||RE/MAX Westcoast|
|42||Shafik Ladha PREC*||Engel & Volkers Vancouver|
|43||Mike Rampf PREC*||Homelife Benchmark Realty Corp. (Branch)|
|44||Edith Katronis||eXp Realty|
|45||Rohit Jindal PREC*||RE/MAX Rossetti Realty|
|46||Tony Rossetti||Dexter Realty|
|47||Luana Robertson PREC*||Sutton Group – Vancouver First Realty|
|48||Winnie Lam||Macdonald Realty (Surrey/152)|
|49||Ryan Sidhu||RE/MAX Little Oak Realty (Fort Langley)|
|50||Amy Brattebo – PREC||Re/Max Little Oak Langley|
Sarah Toop is the most active realtor to date in terms of overall transactions with 104. She ranked highest among overall transactions in 2019 as well, with 196. Rob Zwick listed 70 transactions in 2019, putting him in 23rd place. Now, so far in 2020, Zwick has managed to lead the top 50 list in terms of sold price.
To be sure, the coronavirus pandemic has destabilized almost every sector of the economy—the real estate market included. Real estate agents have therefore had to adjust to new safety precautions like maintaining adequate physical distance and increased sanitization. These precautions have also helped virtual selling tools like 3D tours and virtual open houses gain prominence. The top 50 realtors have certainly availed themselves of some of these new techniques, which, in combination with their own work ethic and passion, have helped them achieve an impressive level of success.